Two and a half years ago, we wondered who would buy and redevelop 1843-45 E. Passyunk Ave., the longtime home of King of Jeans. A year later, we shared the news that developer Max Glass had purchased the property, and along with crowning himself the new King of Jeans, intended to convert it to twelve apartments and first-floor commercial space. The plan was later revised to nine apartments, second floor office space, and first floor commercial.
Rendering of Max Glass proposal. Image from Passyunk Post.
Over the summer, another different developer stepped in. The new developer presented a plan to the East Passyunk Crossing Zoning Committee a couple of months ago for a five-story building with 8 one-bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, and ground-floor commercial. We never saw renderings, but word was that the…
We were in the neighborhood the other day and spotted some new zoning signs at 2042-44 Frankford Ave., a large vacant lot at the corner of Frankford & Susquehanna. A new project at this corner would represent additional action on a block that’s currently experiencing some construction in anticipation of Frank 2 from Postgreen and will surely see some additional development with the impending sale of four large City lots further down the block.
Looking at public record, it seems that the developers bought the nice-sized parcel from the Bethel Baptist Church of Kensington earlier this year for $150K. We don’t know what the church was planning to do with the land when it made the purchase back in the early 1990s, but
It’s been nearly another year, making for an almost two-year tale, since we checked in on development at the former venetian blind factory at 916-24 Green St. in the West Poplar or “Spring Arts” neighborhood. Last January the building’s cathedral top and dormers had been sliced off, and as of this November a third story had been added to the building and construction was progressing.
Two years back
The other day
When we last explored this redevelopment, we were confused by the zoning notice that sought to separate the structure into five separate homes, demolish the two story rear of the existing building, and rebuild it as a three story structure with car ports in the backs of the houses. We’re still not sure how that applies to this project, as it looks like a straightforward…
Carl Dranoff has staked the claim as the developer de rigueur on South Broad Street in recent years. Symphony House brought a tower of new condos and a new theater to the mix. 777 South Broad brought a bevy of new rental apartments and tasty Indian food. Southstar Lofts is under construction now, and will bring apartments and retail to a long-underused Center City corner. And with that project well past the midway point, it’s time to look to the next project on Dranoff’s list. Like the others we just mentioned, this one will also be rising on South Broad Street.
Southstar Lofts coming together
According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, this extremely ambitious project will rise at Broad & Spruce, on the southeast corner. The project will include condos, a…
Along Frankford Avenue, redevelopment has been filling in parcels one by one like dominoes, as each new project seems to feed into the next. Johnny Brenda’s was a pioneer, anchoring Frankford Avenue at a hallmark location where it hits Girard. A few years ago, the opening of Frankford Hall heralded the beginning of big new things for the corridor. And the next big thing, coming soon, is the next-generation cafe from La Colombe. But Frankford Avenue development is not only about big projects or large, well-known businesses. It’s also about one or two-off residential or mixed use buildings replacing vacant land.
Take, for example, the 2400 block of Frankford Ave.
2400 block of Frankford in 2011
Last week, we spotted two new homes under construction at 2460-62 Frankford Ave., which you can see were very recently vacant lots. The lots were purchased a few months…
Earlier today, we got a tweet from Precision Realty Group which pointed us to the renderings you see below. Precision are the folks doing the leasing for 1900 Arch St., a project we last visited over the summer. At that time, steel was beginning to rise from the site, and in the intervening months several more stories have gone up. Once it’s finished, the building will rise fourteen stories and will include 234 luxury apartments, tons of retail square-footage, and a large outdoor seating area on 19th Street.
Clearer rendering compared to last time
Site plan for the first floor. Note that north is down in this image
The outdoor space is probably the most interesting aspect of the building. It reminds us a little the courtyard at Commerce Square, which recently underwent a…